Dr Juliette Atkinson

Email: juliette.atkinson@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3146 
Internal phone: 33146
Office: Foster Court 240

Juliette Atkinson

Education and Experience

Juliette Atkinson was educated at UCL (B.A. Hons) and Oxford (M.St, ‘1900-Present’). In 2008, she completed a PhD on Victorian life-writing, funded by a UCL Graduate School Research Scholarship; from 2009 she worked as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at UCL, before becoming a lecturer in 2012.

Research Interests

Juliette's research focuses principally on nineteenth-century English and French fiction (with a particular interest in the works of George Eliot), life-writing, and book history.

She has recently finished a monograph on Anglo-French literary relations during the nineteenth century: 'Immortal Improprieties': French Novels and the Victorians. The book takes issue with the portrayal of the Victorians as insular and prudish readers, and explores attitudes towards French novels during the period. Part of the research was funded by a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2012), and the Bibliographical Society of America awarded a chapter from this research a New Scholars Award in 2012.

Her first book, Victorian Biography Reconsidered: a Study of Nineteenth-Century ‘Hidden’ Lives, was published by OUP in 2010. The book considers the lives of obscure or minor individuals who form the subjects of Victorian biographers working against the contemporary fascination with ‘Great Men’. Working-class biographies, ‘failed’ lives, the representation of female subjects, attempted recoveries of neglected Romantic artists, and the lesser luminaries of the Dictionary of National Biography are all given close analysis.

Juliette would particularly welcome PhD applications relating to Victorian fiction, nineteenth-century print culture, and Anglo-French literary relations.


1. French Novels and the Victorians (Oxford: Oxford University Press / British Academy). Under contract and in production. Expected publication March 2017.

2. Victorian Biography Reconsidered: A Study of Nineteenth-Century ‘Hidden’ Lives (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).

Victorian Biography Reconsidered Book Cover


1. George Eliot, Silas Marner (Oxford: Oxford World's Classics, under contract). In production; expected publication 2017.

2. Introduction and Notes. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (Oxford: Oxford World’s Classics, 2015.)

3. Bloom’s Classic Critical Views: George Eliot (New York: Facts on File, 2009).

Mill on the Floss
Critical Views George Eliot

Articles and Chapters

1. 'Continental Currents: Paris and London', in Journalism and the Periodical Press in Nineteenth-Century Britain, ed. Joanne Shattock (Cambridge: CUP, forthcoming 2016).

2. ''The most thrilling and fascinating book of the century': marketing Gustave Flaubert in late nineteenth-century England', in Transitions in Middlebrow Writing, 1880-1930, ed. Kate Macdonald and Christoph Singer (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), pp. 163-82.

3. ‘The London Library and the circulation of French fiction in the 1840s’, Information & Culture: A Journal of History (formerly Libraries and the Cultural Record), vol. 48.4 (November/December 2013).

4. ‘George Eliot’s Reception to 1900’, ‘George Eliot’s Reception 1900-1970’, and ‘George Eliot’s Reception 1970-Present’, in George Eliot in Context, ed. Margaret Harris (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 65-92. 

5. ‘Alexander the Great’: Dumas’s invasion of early-Victorian England’, Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, vol. 106, no. 4 (December 2012), pp. 417-47.

6. ‘William Jeffs, Bookseller and Publisher of French Literature’, The Library: Transactions of the Bibliographical Society, vol. 13, no. 3 (September 2012), pp. 257-78.

7. ''To serve God and Mammon'': Braddon and Literary Transgression', in New Perspectives on Mary Elizabeth Braddon (NY and Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2012), pp. 133-54.

8. ‘Fin-de-siècle Female Biographers and the Reconsideration of Popular Women Writers’, in Writing Women of the Fin de Siècle: Authors of Change, ed. Adrienne Gavin and Carolyn Oulton (New York and Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), pp. 111-23.

9. ‘Mary Robinson’, in Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism, ed. Andrew Maunder (New York: Facts on File, 2010).

10. ‘“Poor sons of Adam in general, in this sad age of cobwebs”: Biography as social criticism in Thomas Carlyle’s The Life of John Sterling’. In Life Writing: The State of the Art and The Spirit of the Age, ed. Meg Jensen and Jane Jordan (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009), pp. 2-11.


Juliette's reviews include pieces for the TLS, Review of English Studies, History, Notes and Queries, and the George Eliot Review.